This week in Winning Post

Autumn has only just begun but the two-year-olds have their grand final this Saturday in the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper.

Powerhouse Tony McEvoy-trained filly Sunlight has been ultra-impressive in four starts this campaign and is on track to become the first filly to complete the Magic Millions Classic-Golden Slipper double, but she'll have plenty of competition.

And the Slipper is just one of five Group 1s on what many regard as the best day's racing on the Australian calendar. 

The three-year-olds battle it out in the Rosehill Guineas, the weight-for-agers tackle the Ranvet Stakes, the sprinter-milers go head-to-head in the George Ryder and the speedsters match motors in The Galaxy.

Speaking of sprinters, the night before they'll be facing off in the final Group 1 of the Melbourne autumn, Moonee Valley's William Reid Stakes.

The main action on Saturday in Victoria is Mornington Cup day.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley night meeting plus Albury Cup day and Terang during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Friday's other TAB meetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Mornington in Victoria, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Bairnsdale (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post March 24 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
What to do with Chautauqua
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Moonee Valley Friday - R6 N3 Samovare
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R3 N6 Alward
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R4 N5 Ventura Storm
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R6 N9 Villermont
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R6 N10 Kaonic
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R4 N3 Entrancing
Letter of the Week

Change the date

The first day of Oakbank’s new split jumps carnival, as usual, saw strong, near-capacity fields. Backing up on the second day had always been the problem, but no longer.
On the other hand, not sure Victorian trainers (or travelling punters) will enjoy making the long trip twice.
Spreading the major jumps races is an improvement, but the program could be even better.
Thoroughbred Racing SA could switch last Sunday’s Oakbank date, with Port Lincoln’s Sunday-before-Easter date.
Interstaters would then have the option of staying the week and sampling local wineries and sights, instead of making two trips or having to choose which weekend to attend.
With a new government, I sense the resurgence of South Australia, and SA racing.
A one-week Sunday-Saturday-Monday Oakbank carnival could return it to its former glory, and then some.

John Tutty
Pakenham (Vic)
Today's Racing
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: